Roles of histamine and its receptors in allergic and inflammatory bowel diseases

World J Gastroenterol. 2005 May 21;11(19):2851-7. doi: 10.3748/wjg.v11.i19.2851.


Mast cell has a long history of being recognized as an important mediator-secreting cell in allergic diseases, and has been discovered to be involved in IBD in last two decades. Histamine is a major mediator in allergic diseases, and has multiple effects that are mediated by specific surface receptors on target cells. Four types of histamine receptors have now been recognized pharmacologically and the first three are located in the gut. The ability of histamine receptor antagonists to inhibit mast cell degranulation suggests that they might be developed as a group of mast cell stabilizers. Recently, a series of experiments with dispersed colon mast cells suggested that there should be at least two pathways in man for mast cells to amplify their own activation-degranulation signals in an autocrine or paracrine manner. In a word, histamine is an important mediator in allergic diseases and IBD, its antagonists may be developed as a group of mast cell stabilizers to treat these diseases.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't
  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Animals
  • Histamine / immunology*
  • Humans
  • Hypersensitivity / immunology*
  • Inflammatory Bowel Diseases / immunology*
  • Receptors, Histamine / immunology*


  • Receptors, Histamine
  • Histamine